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Screening: Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties

The USA Patriot Act was passed by Congress immediately following 9/11.

Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties (68 minutes), another excellent film by Robert Greenwald, is an inside look at this controversial bill through the eyes of legal analysts and constitutional experts as they examine the dangers the Patriot Act poses to our civil liberties, individual freedoms, and our U.S. Constitution.

The film follows the passage of the controversial legislation through Congress, the effect it has on all Americans, as well as Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The film reveals the effects of the Patriot Act on both Americans and immigrants, such asAquil Abdullah, a 2004 U.S. Olympic rower who happens to be Catholic, who turned up on no-fly lists simply because of his name; Sam Hamoui, a storekeeper, and his family, living in Seattle, who were detained by federal agents; A.J. Brown, a North Carolina college student visited by agents investigating her alleged “un-American” activities; and librarians and store owners who were pressured to release their customer records, all in the name of “Homeland Security.”

The Patriot Act (a 342-page bill presented to Congress just hours before voting on it, and which substituted the original bill, without the bi-partisan Committee’s approval) now allows the government to access your email and bank accounts, as well as your medical records, financial records, phone records, library transactions, and credit card purchase records with no court order. They can also search your home or business anytime without a warrant, and without you knowing it (called “Sneak and Peek” searches).

Unconstitutional provides the facts and evidence that illuminate administration lies, wrongheaded policies, and the real victims of these actions – the American people. Inspired by citizen action and awareness, numerous City Councils throughout the country are challenging the unconstitutionality of this draconian legislation, as shown in the film. Citizens are waking up, getting informed, speaking out, and taking action.

Participants interviewed in Unconstitutional include:

  • Laura Murphy, Director - Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, (D) Oregon
  • David D. Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • Former Rep. Robert Barr (R) Georgia
  • Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Barbara Olshansky, Deputy Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Vincent Cannistraro, Former CIA Director for Counter Terrorism and Operations Analysis
  • The Hamoui Family - Sam Hamoui, Safouh Hamoui, Hanan Hamoui, Mohammed Hamoui, Nadin Hamoui & Rham Hamoui
  • Kathy Culliton, Legislative Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Denfense and Educational Fund
  • Thomas B. Wilner, Attorney for Kuwaitee Detainees
  • Maj. Michael Mori, U.S. Military Lawyer Appointed to Guantanamo Detainee David Hicks
  • Azmat Begg, Father of Guatanamo Bay Detainee
  • Donna Newman, Attorney for Jose Padilla
  • Anne Turner, Libraian, Santa Cruz Public Library
  • Ryan Coonerty, Bookstore Owner
  • Douglas Heller, Executive Director, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Partnership for Justice
  • David Lindorff, Investigative Reporter and Author of This Can't Be Happening
  • Jayashri Srikantian, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Andrew O'Connor, Former Public Defender
  • A.J. Brown, Student
  • Ken Kurtis, Owner, Reefseekers
  • Dave Meserve, Arcata City Council Member

    Please join us for our February meeting, as we examine the unconstitutional legislation that has been set in place in our country.


GRAND JUNCTION - Admission is free, we will have free stuff, and other stuff available for a contribution.
When: Saturday, February 23rd, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Where: Beans About Beans, 759 Horizon Drive (located by Enzo’s Pizza, across from Grand Vista Hotel), Grand Junction, CO (Map)

Program: Details can be seen at


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  • Don P.

    Always so wonderful to see so many smiling friendly faces at these gatherings.

    February 23, 2013

  • Don P.

    Those following the Patriot Act are most likely aware of the NDAA too - if not, then you may want to Google Amy Goodman's February 5th interview of Daniel Ellsberg (the Pentagon Papers). NDAA: National Defense Authoriization Act, (essentially an expansion of the Patriot Act, with emphasis on its application to American Citizens) available here: (provided this link works) Daniel Ellsberg: NDAA

    February 6, 2013

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